A beautifully written, highly evocative novel about Olivia (Oli) who experiences synaesthesia ie she sees words, people and sensations with colour. For example, her friend Maggie is velvet lilac and this colour is perfect for this character.
A moving story as Olivia finds her way after rejecting the conservative path her wealthy family expect her to take. Olivia takes to sea and we sail with her among wonderful and also failed relationships, among loss, grief and even rape. Through her we experience the sea and the world differently.
Hardcastle’s descriptions of diving into a coral filled sea and the moon and stars on deck at night are breathtaking.